Romário became only the second player after Pele to surpass the 1000 ‘personal’ career goal mark, when he scored for Vasco in Rio. The former Brazil striker has tasted it all, having played in five continents and winning everything there is to win. Have a look at 5 of his top goals for club and country.
5. Brazil vs Mexico, 2001 Friendly
A lethal striker in and just outside the box, Romário was always looking for half-chances. And especially with the number of creative players in the Brazilian national team, he had his fair share of opportunities.
This one was another such, rounded off with accurate precision holding off an onrushing defender to slot home from a cross.
4. Brazil vs Suecia, 1994 Copa America
Brazil were playing at home in front of a packed crowd in San Diego when Romário took the opportunity to shine with a wonderfully calculated shot from just outside the box.
He had two or three teammates he could pass to, but such was his conviction that he went for goal himself and ended up scoring a brace in the game.
3. Vasco vs San Lorenzo, 2000 Brazilian Championship
Vasco is the club Romário scored the most goals for, having also represented Brazilian giants Fluminense and European heavyweights PSV Eidenhoven and Barcelona.
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This goal came in the Brazilian Championship against San Lorenzo whose defenders where made a mockery out of, dribbled past and frustrated. Romário stabbed the ball past the goalkeeper to finish what was a total solo effort.
2. Corinthians vs Flamengo, 1990 Brazilian Championship
A clash two Brazilian heavyweights, a clash of egos and Romário stood up to the occasion.
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The Brazilian, playing as an out and out striker, received the ball on his chest, controlled it like a pro, brought it down and slotted it home, all while protecting the ball from two defenders on his heels.
1. FC Barcelona vs Atlético Madrid, 1993 La Liga
Romário scored a little more than 50 goals for the Spanish giants, but his best came in a league game against Madrid rivals Atletico.
The game was evenly poised at 0-0 when Romário, playing on the left of attack received the ball in space, saw the goalkeeper off his line and executed a chip perfectly to send crowds in a frenzy.